REYNOLDSVILLE — The members of Boy Scout Troop 72 of Reynoldsville are getting their passports and making arrangements for an upcoming trip to Canada.
The Canada trip adventure is planned for June 19-22, said Scout Master David Corbeil. Scouts will leave First Baptist Church of Reynoldsville at 1 p.m. Once in Niagara Falls, they will visit “The Cave of the Winds,” “Maid of the Mist” and Fort Niagara. This will all take place on the first full day there.
On June 21, Scouts will explore the border to Canada, visit the horticultural clock and meet with a Canadian Boy Scout troop. If time permits, Scouts will work on the Niagara Frontier Trail Medal Program.
“The Scouts have been talking all year and are excited for this adventure,” Corbeil said.
If the Scout is up-to-date on dues and chartering fees, the troop will provide cost of the discovery pass.
Boy Scout Troop 72 takes camping trips and participates in other activities throughout the year, but they like to offer “one big trip” at the beginning of summer, Corbeil said.
“Scouting is about getting our youth to try new activity,” Corbeil said. “During their time in scouting, they can try climbing, swimming, fishing robotics and so much more.”
In 2017, they traveled to Washington, D.C., and also took a 50-mile kayaking trip on the Clarion River, he said.
“After each trip, we have a discussion on how it worked out, and what we want to do next year,” Corbeil said.
Scouts will also have a tour of the Niagara Power Plant, and visit a butterfly conservatory and the Erie Canal, Corbeil said.
“My feeling is that visiting another country can be an ‘imaginary barrier’ for many people,” Corbeil said. “With this trip, Scouts will realize that traveling outside the U.S. is not something that will hold them back from their future.
“It also gives them and their family a chance to work together, getting the passports and fundraising they need put together.”
Troop 72 meets on Monday evenings at First Baptist Church of Reynoldsville at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Corbeil at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-604-2739.